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2 the emotion experienced in the presence or threat of danger
  • the newly discovered virus is creating considerable anxiety in the public at large

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care, concern, solicitude, anxiety, worry mean a troubled or engrossed state of mind or the thing that causes this. care implies oppression of the mind weighed down by responsibility or disquieted by apprehension. a face worn by years of care concern implies a troubled state of mind because of personal interest, relation, or affection. crimes caused concern in the neighborhood solicitude implies great concern and connotes either thoughtful or hovering attentiveness toward another. acted with typical maternal solicitude anxiety stresses anguished uncertainty or fear of misfortune or failure. plagued by anxiety and self-doubt worry suggests fretting over matters that may or may not be real cause for anxiety. financial worries

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The first known use of anxiety was in the 15th century

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“Anxiety.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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